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Assault, Domestic Violence, and Sex Crimes in San Antonio

Fight Back Against Assault Charges

If you have been arrested and charged with assault, it is vital that you take effective and immediate action to fight back against the allegations and seek to clear your name of the charges. In the event that you are convicted, the consequences of this situation can haunt you for the rest of your life. Having a violent crime on your criminal record can make it difficult or, in some cases, impossible to find suitable employment. You need an experienced proven San Antonio criminal defense lawyer who is ready to help you navigate the complexities of the criminal justice system and get your life back on track.

Depending on the circumstances of the offense, assault may be charged either as a misdemeanor or a felony. Simple assault occurs when a person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another. It also occurs when a person threatens such an injury, or causes contact with another person while knowing that such contact will be perceived as offensive or provocative. Under most circumstances, assault is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and $4,000 in fines. The charge may be increased to aggravated assault, however, in cases in which a person causes serious bodily injury or uses or exhibits a deadly weapon during the commission of the assault. Aggravated assault is normally charged as a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. There are many strategies available for challenging assault charges, one of the most common of which is to argue that the alleged attacker was actually acting in self-defense.

Domestic or Family Violence Charges

When an assault occurs between members of a family or a household, it may be changed as domestic or family violence. Family violence charges must be taken seriously because they remain on your criminal record and in many circumstances are difficult or impossible to remove from your record later.

Consequences of a Sex Crime Conviction

A conviction for a sexual offense has the potential to cause wide-ranging consequences for the rest of your life. Even after completing the serviceof their sentence for a sexual offense, people convicted of sex offenses are ordered to register with the government as sex offenders. Most communities provide sex offender databases on the internet and notify homeowners when a registered sex offender moves into their neighborhood. Consequently, anyone in the community would be able to find you on a map of the neighborhood or by looking up your name in the sex offender online database. Profiles in the Texas Public Sex Offender Registry include detailed personal information such as your date of birth, physical description, your home address, a photograph of you, and details about the offense for which you were convicted.

The strategy for defending against sex crime allegations depends on the nature of the offense and the facts of each case. If you are accused of sexual assault and have a preexisting relationship with the alleged victim, for example, it may be possible to clear your name by arguing that the sex was consensual or by showing the prosecutor cannot prove that the incident even occurred. If you do not know the victim, your defense lawyer may be able to help you avoid a conviction by demonstrating that you have been mistakenly identified as the perpetrator. To learn more about the strategies that we can use to defend you against the charges, contact us now at Masson & Peranteau for a free case evaluation.

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Located at 310 S. St Mary's Street, Suite 1240 San Antonio, TX 78205 View Map
Phone: (210) 212-9098
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